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CB Goes International

Traveling to Europe is on the bucket list for many people, including those in the Christian Brothers community. Many students and staff from our Lasallian community were able to check off items in their bucket list this summer by visiting some of the most popular European destinations. Places like France and Spain are usually crowded […]

Traveling to Europe is on the bucket list for many people, including those in the Christian Brothers community. Many students and staff from our Lasallian community were able to check off items in their bucket list this summer by visiting some of the most popular European destinations. Places like France and Spain are usually crowded with tourists, but it seems that this summer especially Europe was a popular destination for travelers.

One person on our campus that traveled to Europe this summer was college counselor Ms. Melissa McClellan. She saw her family reunion, located in Bordeaux, as an opportunity to explore more of Europe for “pretty much the whole summer”. She first took her trip to Paris and Lyon where she got to see the women’s USA team win the Women’s World Cup.

“There was a TON of Americans there, which was nice because then I could speak English,” she said.

Ms. McClellan’s next stop was Spain, a trip that was “going all over, but really quick”. She spent about two nights each in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, and Seville.

She traveled to some of the most beautiful cities in Spain and France, so when asked what her favorite place was, she understandably couldn’t pick a favorite.

“Oh that’s really hard,” she said. “I really liked a lot of places”.

Another Falcon who visited Europe this summer was Emma Frink (‘21), who took a week and a half long trip to Scotland and London with her friend Vaishnavi Doma (’21) and her family. Emma’s brother had previously studied abroad in London, so she decided it was her time to be the world traveler.

“Scotland was my favorite place,” Emma said. “The fairy ponds in Scotland… the scenery was really pretty, and everyone was so nice, and the weather was great”.

Ali Cordano (‘20) also made her way across international seas this summer, spending two weeks traveling to five cities in Italy: Rome, Venice, Florence, Pompeii, and San Gimignano. Ali spent about two to three days in each city she went to. However, she clarified she was in Rome for five days, “because there’s a lot to do in Rome” while Pompeii and San Gimignano were “just a day trip”.

Ali was on the trip with her family and said how they had been wanting to take a family trip to visit their family.

“My family is from Genoa, but we didn’t have the chance to go there”.

Ali did, however, get to go to Pompeii, which she has been wanting to go to since seventh grade.

“[I wanted to go there] because I took Latin in middle school, so I heard about all of it,” the senior says. “I just actually wanted to see it with my own eyes”.

She also loved Venice because “it was so different from all the other cities… everything was on water”.

Her favorite part of Venice, however, was the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, where she got to see works from famous artists like Pablo Picasso.

Although Ali enjoyed her trip, she didn’t fail to mention her conflict with the weather there.

“Europe’s really hot. It’s very humid — my hair like poofed… it looked like I had an afro” she said with a laugh.

Europe continues to impress all of it’ visitors. Whether it’s Spain, Scotland, or Italy, there’s always beautiful sights and cultures to explore while you’re living out your dreams on the other side of the world.

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